Tragedy, sympathy and broken hearts: 10 social media hoaxes
»10 items «
The short and tragic life of Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o's girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who was nearly killed in a car accident in California before dying of leukemia, was missing one important detail when it made headlines in September — Kekua didn't exist. After Deadspin broke the news that Kekua was fake, the school and Te'o said he had been the victim of a hoax sometimes known as "catfishing." In this type of hoax, a "catfish" creates a fake identity and uses that identity to interact with others. A new report from ESPN Thursday said that a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo called a friend in December to admit to duping Te'o, and that Tuiasosopo has pulled the hoax before. Here's a look at other recent social media hoaxes.
»10 items «
What You May Have Missed
Most Popular Across Site
- Red and Blue Recruits: An inside look at...
- Hill, Whittingham meet after football...
- Utah Jazz legend John Stockton, Weber State...
- Doug Robinson: Advocate's plea: Please return...
- Rally in support of police also draws counter...
- What the Senate’s tax break extensions...
- Bringing joy through simple acts of kindness
- These simple changes can make your family so...
- Obama 's Christmas in Hawaii: Carols,... 16
- On Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan... 12
- Officer kills armed 18-year-old near... 11
- Senate, CIA agree torture program was... 6
- Sony announces limited release for 'The... 5
- Judge seems skeptical of challenge to... 4
- Bergdahl investigation report goes to... 4
- North Korea experiencing severe... 3